Chiropractic care — treatment for ruptured disc

Many people with spine conditions seek chiropractic care as their first option of treatment. Generally, chiropractors can help alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with most mild spine conditions.

Some conditions, however, may not respond as well to chiropractic care. Since chiropractic care is a non-invasive method of treatment, certain severe spine conditions, such as a ruptured disc, do not respond as well to chiropractic methods. While a chiropractor may be able to reduce the pain and symptoms associated with a ruptured disc, the disc itself will not heal with chiropractic care.

Certain patients may find that chiropractic care effectively treats the symptoms of a ruptured disc. There are several techniques that chiropractors use to treat ruptured discs, the most common symptom being spinal decompression.

Spinal decompression for a ruptured disc treatment

Spinal decompression is a method of chiropractic treatment that helps relieve the pressure on the spine by lengthening the spine and creating space between the discs and the vertebrae. This is particularly helpful for reducing pain associated with a ruptured disc in the spine.

A ruptured disc occurs when the vertebrae of the spine become compressed and push against the disc in between the vertebrae. Gradually, the disc becomes clamped in between the compressed vertebrae, and flattens and expands outward. This is called a bulging disc. If the pressure from the vertebrae does not ease, the disc may become too clamped and rupture, spilling the thick fluid in the middle of the disc and impacting a local nerve in the spinal cord. This is a ruptured disc.

Spinal decompression helps relieve the pain of a ruptured disc because the goal is to expand the spine and make space between each vertebra and disc. When the spine is expanded, the disc is not being compressed into the local nerve root in the spinal cord. This may allow temporary relief from the chronic pain of a ruptured disc.

Alternative treatment for a ruptured disc

While chiropractic care may be an effective way to alleviate the symptoms of a ruptured disc, it cannot heal the spine condition because it is not an invasive treatment method. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat a ruptured disc. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is performed through a small incision and is a proven safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back fusion. We invite you to contact our care team to learn more about the treatment options available to you to heal your ruptured disc.